Why use road transport?

Today it is very difficult to choose among the choice is so important due to the explosion of the industry. Road freight services are by far the most commonly used transport option in international logistics. For example, considering a large number of factors, road is still the best means of transport for exporting goods and products around the world. It should be noted that road freight is simply indispensable, at the very least to link the various terminals with origin and/or destination.


Road freight - indispensable method of transport

Above all, road freight is indispensable as it will link the different terminals throughout the transport cycle. It is indeed by a truck that we will collect your goods from the supplier, it is also by a truck that we will make the final delivery to your warehouse, your office, or your home...


For Multimodal / Intermodal transport of LTL deliveries

The goods can be packed/consolidated in containers that are also used for sea or rail transport.

It is not only LTL deliveries that travel by truck. LTL carriers rely on rail or air to move some of the freight to its destination. LTL carriers are normally able to deal with railways more efficiently than smaller shippers since they typically ship a large volume of freight on a daily basis. For example, a significant portion of Chinese rail intermodal traffic consists of semi-trailers, often dozens in a single intermodal train, carrying LTL freight. LTL carriers are able to monitor railway performance to ensure timely delivery of goods. An intermodal freight shipment uses several methods of transporting goods from start to finish. For example, a shipment will start with the railway, then transfer to a marine carrier and end up in a truck before being delivered.

Intermodal transportation is seen as advantageous by some shippers because there is no handling of the cargo when it changes from one carrier to another. Pallets are used to consolidate many items into one container that is easy to move. Because handling is reduced, it also reduces damage and loss, increases safety and allows for faster transportation.

Methods of Road Transport

Which method will save you time and money?

In today's complex world of logistics, transporters stand out for their speed, efficiency, cost, and ability to communicate.

Increased consumer demand for ever-faster delivery has led to an era of rapid technological innovation in logistics and transportation.

As freight forwarders (such as DocShipper) have evolved to meet increased customer expectations, the logistics industry has followed suit by developing technologies and strategies to move materials and products from origin to destination ever more efficiently.

Full Truckload (FTL) and Less Than Truckload (LTL) are two delivery methods that carriers use to offer a high level of personalized service.

Today we will clarify FTL and LTL transport, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each method. We will show you how the two strategies can be used together to make carriers more efficient and save you time and money.


FTL - Full TruckLoad shipping: The dedicated service

FTL shipping differs from LTL shipping in that it does not combine cargo from multiple shippers and shipments do not stop on the way to their destination. This method is comparable to an FCL (Full Container Load) solution in ocean freight, where the container is reserved just for you.

Our Full Truckload (FTL) services can help you take care of any high-capacity, high-volume shipment that needs to be done right the first time.

An FTL shipment is a shipment that requires the reservation of all the available space on a truck, in general we recommend an FTL shipment as long as you fill more than half of the available space. If you are looking for transportation by this dedicated trucking solution, your shipment will require expertise to :

  • A particularly valuable shipment
  • Large volume shipping
  • Unbalanced loads
  • Very isolated pick-up/delivery location

FTL services are ideal for companies looking to transport high-value or heavy items over long distances, especially in bulk. We can use specialized equipment such as extra-long platforms, gooseneck semi-trailers and tandem drivers to ensure we have the capacity and expertise to move your goods from point A to point B.

LTL - Less Than Truckload shipping: Truckloads

LTL delivery exists to increase efficiency and reduce transport costs. Without it, most companies that ship products to consumers would have difficulty staying solvent. On the same principle as ocean freight, an LTL shipment (by truck) is equivalent to an LCL shipment (by ship). LCL stands for Less than Container Load, which means that your shipment will be consolidated with other shippers to save on logistics costs.

By consolidating cargo from multiple shippers, carriers can maximize profits for a given load and reduce the average amount of unused space in their shipping containers. This strategy also benefits shippers, as carriers often give discounts to shippers who request a continuous flow of LTL loading.

LTL freight fits perfectly with a recent global trend that sees a growing number of smaller manufacturers entering the scene. These small manufacturers would not be able to survive - or at least ship domestically - if they did not use LTL loading.

Cost of road transport in China

How is the price of an LTL and FTL service determined?

Carriers use the postal codes of the departure and destination locations to determine the distance the freight must travel. Then they use the weight and class of cargo - based on the NMFC codes established by the NMFTA (National Motor Freight Traffic Association) - to determine the cost of the shipment.

Carriers also generally offer a discounted rate to customers who choose to consolidate their freight with other shippers. These discounts are usually provided through the carrier lowering the freight class of the items shipped, thereby reducing the price.

The final factor that determines LTL shipping rates is the presence of accessories.

Accessories are additional services that shippers may require at the final destination to ensure that the product gets into the right hands quickly. Naturally, these accessories take time and slow down the delivery of other shipments, so carriers must adjust their prices accordingly.

Here are a few examples of common accessories:

  • Inside Pick-up
  • Residential Service
  • Inside-delivery (Inside delivery)
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Notification of arrival

FTL rates are a little simpler to evaluate since an entire truck is dedicated to a company's shipment. Carriers price FTL shipments based on cost per kilometer or on a single door-to-door rate. FTL shipments are also subject to fuel surcharges.


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